Gut health has become a huge trend in recent months, but what is it? And can it help our beauty?

Have you heard of Kombucha? Or Prebiotics supplements? Perhaps you follow a fitness influencer who has mentioned the term ‘gut health’ and were wondering what exactly that means? We certainly were. The health of our guts seems to be a new buzzing trend that has been thrown around Instagram and other platforms like magazines and informative publications. In the same way we went through the phase of being all about collagen and serum, we’re obsessed with taking care of our gut health. Well, now we have the answers for you. We spoke to Doctify rated Consultant Dermatologist Dr Anastasia Therianou (MBBS, PhD), to learn about the ins and outs of our healthy guts and the affect that it has on the rest of our bodies.

What is gut health?

Other than the obvious, that it surrounds the health of our guts, we wanted to know what exactly gut health represented. Dr. Therianou told us that,”gut health is the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Research over the last 10 years have shown that the right balance of these microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health as well as immunity.” So, we’re on the right track.

Can our gut health affect our bodies?

Dr. Therianou mentioned the fact that the balance of microorganisms is imperative for physical health, so what impact does it have on our bodies? “There is scientific evidence that gut microbiome and the brain communicate with each affecting the other’s functions. So having a health gut could lead to improvement of autism or recover from depression. Other examples are ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, both are disorders of the gut, and a balanced microbiome can help to keep them under control. There is also link between bad gut and obesity.”

What is the correlation between our gut health and skin?

Gut health has been mentioned a lot in the beauty industry, and not just as a health benefit. There have been claims and rumours that it has a beneficial impact on our skin. Dr. Therianou confirms this. “There is definitely correlation between gut microbiome and skin disorders but has not been identified yet exactly the way they are connected. Gut appears to influence the skin microbiome. Acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis are the main skin disorders that are most relevant for the microbiome.”

How do we maintain our gut health?

Now that we know that ensuring our gut is in good condition can help us in various ways, obviously, we’re going to want to make sure we keep it in good condition. With this in mind, Dr. Therianou explained that you can easily do this, “by eating a variety of fresh food: meat, fish, vegetables, fruit. A good example is Mediterranean diet. Also avoidance of sugar is of high importance.”

So, whether you’re going to jump on the Kombucha and Kimchi bandwagon, or simply take a little more notice over what you’re putting in your body and consciously acknowledging how it might impact your health, it’s good to understand how these tiny microorganisms can help us. Keep an eye on your gut health and it will thank you for that later.

Feature image: Forbes

Updated: 01/09/2020